Hi there !
Earlier this year, I joined Emilie Hourlier as the co-director of happens, a consulting practice where we focus on new working modes, a collection of emerging trends that are shaping innovative organizations that aim at being more adaptable, more responsive to a fast-changing world, as well as more purpose-driven, for the sake of keeping everyone engaged. Emilie and I met at the experimental Worklab/LBMG part of the bigger urban experience Les Grands Voisins in 2017. We have been prepping and ramping up our operations ever since.
What I bring to happens' clients is a very operational mix of know-how in managing extended teams - cultural integration, information systems - experience in international markets and the inherent complexities they convey - business development, business models - and a few years of practice in developing interest-based communities and venues, such as CartO and Proto204. (more on these projects hereunder)
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Business development & strategy
Complex projects (real-estate, economic development, innovation)
Marketing & growth
Extended/international team management
Digital era economic development
Offerings & contents conception/optimization
Marketing & sales materials
Complex projects renderings (calls, co-offerings, position papers)
Structuration/integration of marketing processes
Campaigns design & management
Local mobile applications
CartO & CartO+
Development of a mobile app for the local life
2016 > 2018
Terre & Cité was created in 2001 by a group of farmers, and has grown to encompass the other stakeholders (municipalities, environmental groups, citizens, companies) involved in development of Plateau de Saclay and surrounding valleys that are home to 800,000 inhabitants 20km south-west of Paris.
CartO is an opensource application, both web and mobile, aiming at exploring this territory as much as living on it on a daily basis. Whilst still in its developing stage (alpha), its design and architecture were develop with the various communities it will serve.
2013 > 2015
Launched in 2014 by the Paris-Saclay Development Authority, PROTO204 is a 200 sqm collaborative and open space dedicated to innovation, creativity and sharing with the local creative communities.
Since opening, PROTO204 has hosted over hundreds of events, and thousands of attendees, students, researchers, startupers, designers, artists, entrepreneurs and citizens,
Paris-Saclay Development Authority
Director Economic Development
2012 > 2015
Paris-Saclay is one of the largest and most dense R&D clusters in Europe, situated 20 km south-west of Paris, labelled a national priority, and hosting already some of the top education and research facilities, both public and private. The project is multidimensional, and will involve developing over 2 million sq meters of research, education, housing and corporate facilities and joined investments in the range of 20 billion Euros, in the next 15 years.
2005 > 2012
Hubtech21 (now French Tech Hub) supported European technology companies in developing sales on the US markets (from Boston and San Francisco offices), and positioning as niche leaders in biotech, medtech, optics & IT. Clients included Amplitude Laser, Ariana Pharma, Cellectis, HGH, Hybrigenics, Imagine Optic, Institut Pasteur, Kayentis, Mauna Kea Technologies, Quantel, Spring Technologies.
Greater Nancy Development & Tow-Planning Agency
1992 > 1999
As a project manager in urban development, I first worked with local governments and real-estate professionnals, before movng to investment promotion and managed location projects, especially with the callcenter industry with high results in jobs creation (2,000+)
City of Nancy
1989 > 1992
I started my career as an economist with the mayor Office, working on employment, business real-estate and clusters.
Europe <> Africa<> America
"There are no stripes in the shadow of a zebra". African wisdom.
A European by birth (Belfast, UK), I somehow pursued nomadism as an education: I went to primary school in Addis-Ababa and Bordeaux, was in Lomé (Togo) for the secondary, and in Nancy (France) for University. I guess this made me grew in openness, curiosity, and eventually catch up English as a second language. This is possibly also what initially framed my interest for innovation as a pathway for novel technologies and usages to emerge.
This interest grew up to be both a passion and an occupation across the past fifteen years, and brought me to found Hubtech21 - in Boston and San Francisco - and contribute to the commercial development of technology companies on the US markets. I more recently joined the team in charge of creating and building the cluster and university project in Paris-Saclay, where I have been working and living for the past five years. Other adventures, generally on the friendly and experimental side took me into alternative music (1991), science cafés (2007) and nanoparticles (2009), among other things, but that's another story.
What I am focusing on today is to share the skills and experiences that I was lucky enough to acquire towards teams who are working today at the edges of what will be innovation and development in the years to come, chiefly in the areas of digital contents and services, as well as structuring local communities.
I was trained mostly as an economist, but my daily explorations take me to many different domains (see Ressources), in a never ending journey...